Best Places To Retire In Missouri For 2020


We analyzed over 71 places in Missouri to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best places to retire in Missouri.

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So you've punched your last time card and you're looking for us to show you the places in the Show-Me State that are the absolute best for retirement. You're in the right place, because we've looked at the data to come up with the best places to retire in Missouri.

Whether you're a lifelong Missourian or are moving from far away, the state is a great place to spend your golden years. For starters, Missouri has the lowest rent of any state in America, so your savings will go farther here than anywhere else in the country. Not to mention you'll have plenty extra to spend on all the fun things to do in Missouri. Like catching a Tigers or Cardinals game with the family. Or going to the best Blues Festival of your life. And if you're a beer enthusiast, you have to take a tour of Anheuser-Busch. Maybe you're really excited to get out in nature more in your retirement. In that case, Missouri has you covered with loads of gorgeous state parks and all the fishing opportunities an experienced angler will ever need.

So just where are these magical retirement destinations? About half of the best cities for retirement in Missouri are suburbs of St. Louis, with St. Ann being the best of the 'burbs for retirees. A few are around Kansas City, with Cameron being the best choice within an hour's drive of KC. Or you could go super-far south into Kennett and pick up a southern twang from your new Arkansan neighbors.

Toss out your suits and ties, pack up your golf clubs, and get ready to relax, because we're visiting the best places to retire in Missouri.

Why did Kennett take the top spot? And where are St. Louis and Springfield?

That wraps up our science-based attempt to unearth the best places to retire in Missouri. Because of Missouri's super-low cost of living, you'll be able to take advantage of all there is to do in the Show-Me State.

How did we at Homesnacks make this list? We started by narrowing down our search to only cities with at least 10,000 people, which gave us 66 cities to work with. We then compared these 66 cities using data from the Census, the FBI's Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights. The places with the lowest crime, lowest costs, best weather, and easiest access to fun things to do made it onto our list. But which city shined above the rest in terms of retirement goodies? According to the data, Kennett is the best place to retire in Missouri for 2020.

Did you have your heart set on another Missourian city for your retirement? See how it scored based on our metrics on the complete list below.

For more Missouri state reading:

The 10 Best Places To Retire In Missouri For 2020

Kennett, MO

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 10,225
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Rent: $549
Distance to Closest Airport: 19 miles
More on Kennett: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kennett is a city in and the county seat of Dunklin County, Missouri, United States. The city is located in the southeast corner of Missouri, 4 miles east of Arkansas and 20 miles from the Mississippi River. It has a population of 10,932 according to the 2010 Census. It is the largest city in the Bootheel, a mostly agricultural area.

Kirkwood, MO

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 27,693
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Rent: $1,031
Distance to Closest Airport: 12 miles
More on Kirkwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kirkwood is an inner-ring suburb of St. Louis located in St. Louis County, Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the city's population was 27,540. Founded in 1853, the city is named after James P. Kirkwood, builder of the Pacific Railroad through that town. It was the first planned suburb located west of the Mississippi River.

Mexico, MO

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 11,544
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Rent: $691
Distance to Closest Airport: 85 miles
More on Mexico: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mexico, formerly known as New Mexico, is a city in Audrain County, Missouri. The population was 11,543 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat, home to the Missouri Military Academy, and annually hosts the Miss Missouri Pageant. The micropolitan statistical area consists of Audrain County.

Town And Country, MO

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 11,066
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $1,114
Distance to Closest Airport: 9 miles
More on Town And Country: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Crestwood, MO

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 11,881
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 6)
Median Rent: $914
Distance to Closest Airport: 13 miles
More on Crestwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Washington, MO

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 13,987
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $734
Distance to Closest Airport: 37 miles
More on Washington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Washington is a city on the Missouri River in Franklin County, Missouri, United States. The population was 13,892 from the 2010 census. It is the corncob pipe capital of the world, with Missouri Meerschaum located on the riverfront.

St. Peters, MO

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 56,838
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $979
Distance to Closest Airport: 12 miles
More on St. Peters: Real Estate | Data | Photos

St. Peters is a city in St. Charles County, Missouri, United States. The 2010 census showed the city's population to be 52,575 tied for 10th with Blue Springs, Missouri.

Maryville, MO

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,771
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 4)
Median Rent: $646
Distance to Closest Airport: 72 miles
More on Maryville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Maryville is a city and county seat of Nodaway County, Missouri, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 11,972. Maryville is home to Northwest Missouri State University, Northwest Technical School, and the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing.

Chesterfield, MO

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 47,663
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Rent: $1,177
Distance to Closest Airport: 12 miles
More on Chesterfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Chesterfield is a city in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States, and a Western suburb of St. Louis. As of the 2010 census, the population was 47,484, making it the state's fourteenth-largest city.

Webster Groves, MO

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 23,029
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Median Rent: $1,285
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
More on Webster Groves: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Webster Groves is an inner-ring suburb of St. Louis in St. Louis County, Missouri. The population was 22,995 at the 2010 census.

How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Show Me State for 2020

To create our list of the best places in Missouri to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Show Me State -- 1019 cities and towns.

We then narrowed it down to places with at least 10,000 people that weren't townships. This left us with 66 places from across the state.

For these 66, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI's Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living as measured by rent
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport
  • Other retirees (High median age)

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 66, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Kennett, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers. You can download the data here.

Maybe You're Not Ready To Retire In Missouri Yet...

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Missouri goes to Kennett.

If you're not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  1. Republic
  2. Springfield
  3. Branson

For more Missouri reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places To Retire In Missouri?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Kennett 10,225 $549
2 Kirkwood 27,693 $1,031
3 Mexico 11,544 $691
4 Town And Country 11,066 $1,114
5 Crestwood 11,881 $914
6 Washington 13,987 $734
7 St. Peters 56,838 $979
8 Maryville 11,771 $646
9 Chesterfield 47,663 $1,177
10 Webster Groves 23,029 $1,285

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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